SEATTLE (AP) -- Michael Young stole the spotlight on Edgar
Martinez Day -- in the box score, anyway.
Young had a two-run homer and got three hits, spoiling
festivities to honor Seattle's retiring designated hitter and
helping the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 10-4 on Saturday night.
Afterward, Young directed most of his comments toward Martinez.
"We were all taken aback by the things that Edgar has
accomplished," said Young, who played at DH. "He is an
unbelievable player, the best right-handed hitter I've played
against. The fans really gave him a show. He's given them one for
the last 18 years."
The sellout crowd of 45,817 got a special treat when Martinez
started the ninth inning at third base. After one pitch, he left to
a standing ovation and scattered boos when Willie Bloomquist took
It was Martinez's first appearance at third since July 2, 1997.
Fans chanted "Edgar! Edgar! Edgar!" after Martinez disappeared
into the dugout, then cheered wildly when he came out for a curtain
Martinez didn't have a good day at the plate, going hitless with
a walk in three at-bats. He grounded out three times but scored
standing from second, tying it at 2-2 in the fourth on Jolbert
Cabrera's RBI single.
Seattle's clubhouse was closed during a lengthy postgame tribute
Kenny Rogers (18-9), the Rangers' 39-year-old lefty, won his
career-high 18th game. He was solid pitching into the sixth,
allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one
"Kenny just keeps competing," Texas manager Buck Showalter
said. "It's hard to put one guy responsible for what we did this
year ... but he's a guy who we couldn't have gotten to where we are
The Rangers won their 88th game, matching the team's 1998 total
for the fourth-highest in club history. Texas had 16 hits, marking
just the fifth time in 16 games that the Rangers had at least 10.
Jamie Moyer (7-13) pitched five innings for Seattle, allowing
six runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and a walk. Moyer, a
21-game winner last season, hasn't lost this many since going 9-15
for the Chicago Cubs in 1988.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was in town and "Edgar" was
scratched across the top of the infield. Martinez got big ovations
every time he batted, and the crowd rose when he took the field in
Early on, fans seemed poised for a second straight night of fun
at Safeco Field.
On Friday, Ichiro Suzuki broke George Sisler's 84-year-old
record of 257 hits in a season. Suzuki boosted his total to 260
hits with a fifth-inning single, going 1-for-5. He leads the majors
with a .371 average.
Young drove in four runs on three hits. He trails Suzuki by a
wide margin, but Young's 215 hits rank second in the AL and are the
most in Rangers history. He's hit safely in 14 of the last 18
"I can't even fathom 260 hits," Young said.
Texas used four straight hits with two outs in the fifth to take
a 6-2 lead. Mark Teixeira hit a two-RBI double while Young and
Mench added RBI doubles, and Moyer didn't return for the sixth.
The Rangers led 2-0 after Young's two-run homer in the fourth,
the 44th homer allowed this season by Moyer. That moved the Seattle
lefty into fifth place for the most in history.
Sisler's relatives received a standing ovation during
pregame ceremonies to recognize Suzuki's record. Selig was booed.
... Suzuki appeared to lean for a catch as he ran forward in the
seventh, but Chad Allen was awarded a hit by umpire Derryl Cousins.
... Bert Blyleven allowed a major league-record 50 HRs in 1986. ...
Rogers was with Texas when he set his previous high of 17 wins, in
1995. ... Cabrera and Raul Ibanez each went 3-for-4.